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Cuba and EU seize opportunity from Trump and approve first-ever trade deal

Cuba and EU seize opportunity from Trump and approve first-ever trade deal

In an apparent snub to U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Parliament has approved a pact with Cuba that would expand trade and dialogue channels with the island nation. The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement was approved in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday.

Poland is world volleyball champion, beating Cuba, 3-0; Russia takes bronze against Brazil

Poland is world volleyball champion, beating Cuba, 3-0; Russia takes bronze against Brazil

The Polish Under-21 volleyball team defeated the Cuban team on Sunday, 3 sets to none, and took the gold medal in the world youth tournament, played in Brno, Czech Republic. The Poles had been world champions twice before, in 1997 and 2003.

Finnish court lowers sentences of Cuban athletes in rape case

Finnish court lowers sentences of Cuban athletes in rape case

Four Cuban volleyball players sentenced last year in Finland on charges of raping a Finnish woman had their sentences reduced and a fifth one had his charges dismissed. The reductions were made by an appeals court in the city of Turku on Thursday.

The fire this time…

The fire this time…

London’s Grenfell Tower is a perfect microcosm, an apt metaphor for a whole “philosophy” that in this country has been gaining predominance for decades, culminating with Donald Trump: profits over life; profits over fairness; profits over nature; profits over all.

Russian politologist: Trump will surely squeeze Cuba

Russian politologist: Trump will surely squeeze Cuba

President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse the political thaw initiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, could ultimately lead to the imposition of new economic sanctions against Cuba, according to renowned Russian politologist, Andrei Sidorov.

Greed versus Gaia

Greed versus Gaia

In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth. Today, Mother Earth Gaia is in big trouble. It has deadly enemies. Greed, first and foremost. That and the fake science that tries to obscure truth in the service of greed. And the odds for Gaia are lot worse since the Trump regime came to power.

Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Let’s not get carried away. It’s great that Marine Le Pen, whose National Front party with deep racist roots that go back to French collaborators during the Nazi occupation, was defeated by a large margin of the votes cast. On the other hand, her 34% of the vote was about twice that of her father in 2002, who ran against the conservative Jacques Chirac.

Vive la France!

Vive la France!

In the presidential election in France this Sunday, by almost 2 to 1, voters emphatically rejected the politics of ultra-right, xenophobic nationalism. Emmanuel Macron, virtually unknown to the world and even to the French people as late as a year ago, beat Marie Le Pen, the candidate of the ultra-right National Front party

Viglacera to form joint venture with Cuba

Viglacera to form joint venture with Cuba

The Việt Nam Glass and Ceramics for Construction Corporation (Viglacera)’s annual shareholder meeting this past week was highlighted by revelation of the company’s business plan to implement investment activities in Cuba.

The emigrants

The emigrants

Letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier. The prince rejected Trump’s request for repatriation

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